For the University of Memphis Tigers, Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium has been home soggy home in 2012. The first two home games were played in rainy conditions, and if you combine that with the losses, the word gloomy just about covers the first third of the season.
So it was no surprise that rain set in for Memphis' conference opener against the Rice Owls this past Saturday (Oct. 6). The conditions were much the same.
Teamwork makes the dream work.
Many of us have heard that saying before, even if we're not exactly sure where or when. It reflects optimism – something that the revamped Memphis Grizzlies team has a goodly amount of headed into the new season.
On Monday (Oct. 1), the Grizzlies held their 11th Media Day at the FedExForum downtown. A full roster of players walked into the media room. Yes, each with an optimistic attitude.
Over at Southwest Tennessee Community College, new men's head basketball coach Benjamin Rhodes is determined to work hard, and he's not putting any energy on trying to replace the legend that preceded him.
Monday (Oct. 1) marked the official start of practice for the 2012-13 basketball season at Southwest. Rhodes has taken over as coach and athletic director following the departure of the venerable Verties Sails Jr.
To put it gently, the 2012-13 campaign has gotten off to a rocky start for the University of Memphis. Although the Tigers have showed some promise and competed closely in their first four games, Memphis has yet to record a victory.
Luckily for the Tigers, their bye week couldn't have come at a better time – the week before conference play.
COLDWATER, Miss. – There is only one "Coldwater Comet" and Trell Kimmons is that man. The 500-plus family, friends and well-wishers who recently turned out for the Trell Kimmons' Day Parade and Celebration had no trouble recognizing him.
The parade and celebration – held on the John Hankerson Memorial Track Field – was a homecoming for the Olympic Silver Medalist, who had returned home just two days earlier.
The University of Memphis Tigers football team traveled to North Carolina this past weekend (Sept. 22.) to face the Duke Blue Devils. The Tigers lost 38-14.
This probably didn't surprise many in the True Blue Nation, but it might have left them shaking their heads. The Tigers have now dropped to 0-4 on the season.
"We write our own story."
These were the words spoken by University of Memphis starting quarterback Jacob Karam when asked if the Tigers were disappointed with the way their season was going up to this point.
"We write our own story."
Five simple words that encompass the focus of a whole team. And although Memphis is now 0-3 after its 48-30 loss this past weekend (Sept. 15), the sentence speaks to the fact that the Tigers refuse to get down on themselves.